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Pope's Palace (Palais des Papes)

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Address: 6 rue de la Pente Rapide C Ansidei, 84000, Avignon, France
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09:00 - 17:00
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Mon - Sat 09:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours

The residence of the soveriegn pontiffs in the 14th century is the largest...

The residence of the soveriegn pontiffs in the 14th century is the largest Gothic Palace in the world. 25 areas to visit : ceremonila halls, chapels, cloister, the Pope's provate apartments with their priceless frescos, as well as a scenographic area, the Musée de l'Oeuvre, wich presents the development and history of the building since it was build. Ranked as UNESCO world heritage.

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I knew that the Avignon papacy had occurred, but had never been informed of its significance. The monument taught me a lot about the way that it happened, what it meant for the... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 weeks ago
Saint Paul, Minnesota
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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I knew that the Avignon papacy had occurred, but had never been informed of its significance. The monument taught me a lot about the way that it happened, what it meant for the French kingdom, and how the popes lived. In particular, it is more clear to me now that the papacy at that period was a secular institution, very... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We did not have time to go inside.. but we were so impressed with the enormity of the structure. It was HUGE! We walked around the entire property and took time to walk to the overlook by the river!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 January 2017

The exterior is breathtaking, considering its gargantuan scale and varied design elements. The interior is quite spartan but the self-guided tour is worthwhile, with adequate signage to explain the many rooms.

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Cartagena District, Colombia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 January 2017

No one will ever guess that Avignon was Pope´s residences before Vatican. The castle is amazing, very medieval an amazing architecture

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Sacramento, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 January 2017

Interesting architecture throughout this palace. An interesting exploration through the history of the Popes abandoning Rome for Avignon.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 January 2017

The Popes Palace is an impressive building situated in a high position overlooking Avignon and the river Rhone, with great views from the top.We spent a couple of hours exploring the palace using the excellent audio guide - highly recommended. Although the rooms are empty, there are many information panels and audio visual presentations (with seating - very useful for... More 

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Vincennes, France
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 January 2017

Before Vatican was the formal residence of the Pope, Avignon was official residence in the middle age. During the visit through the immense palace's galleries information is given about the history of this building. The full price is 11 euros and they accept international student cards when acquire a price-reduced ticket (9 euros).

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 January 2017

cool place, great feeling of history and everything at a good pace - in and out in 1.5hrs and not too inundated with too much history. really interesting and no queues or waiting.

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Brisbane, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 January 2017 via mobile

Loved walking through the palace, audio device was really good - enjoyed getting an understanding of the history of it. Would recommend when in Avignon

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Maywood, New Jersey
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 January 2017

There isn't anything to see but rooms. It would have been nice if it had furniture of that period. Over 200 steps.

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